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Football: Podolski double sends Arsenal into FA Cup last 16

Published on Jan 25, 2014 6:05 AM
 
Arsenal's Lukas Podolski (centre) celebrates his goal against Coventry City during their English FA Cup fourth round soccer match at The Emirates in London, on Jan 24, 2014. Podolski struck twice as Arsenal eased into the FA Cup fifth round with a comfortable 4-0 victory over League One side Coventry on Friday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Lukas Podolski struck twice as Arsenal eased into the FA Cup fifth round with a comfortable 4-0 victory over League One side Coventry at the Emirates Stadium on Friday.

With 54 league places separating the two clubs, an upset was unlikely and late goals from substitutes Olivier Giroud - his 13th of the season - and Santi Cazorla confirmed Arsenal's superiority.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger had spoken of his determination to add to his haul of four FA Cup successes in the build-up to the game.

Arsenal's last triumph in the competition came in 2005 when they beat Manchester United in the final, the last time the north London club won silverware of note.

 
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